Bengali literature and music in India have a rich heritage of boatman songs. Boats have been an integral part of journeys and separations in stories.
I am not sure if translations are allowed in the Poetics prompt, and I shall delete the piece if it violates rules.
The song I’ve chosen to translate here is from a classic Hindi movie made in 1963 – Bandini.
O, the one to leave the house Come back if life allows…. Don’t forget, don’t wipe out This shore, this path calls out… your childhood pals who stood by you… will all go looking for you in sorrow moist eyes will ask for your whereabouts tomorrow someone there reminds you at each step those who left for the other side have not come back Will someone tell us what’s the secret there what’s it all about? Don’t forget, don’t wipe out This shore, this path calls out O, the one to leave the house Come back if life allows…. Original song